Here are a few links to get everybody caught up…
- Bob Nightengale says that a 4-team deal in which the Rangers would get James Shields is still being discussed. It is unclear what the Rays would receive but it is safe to say they are asking for Jurickson Profar to start. [Twitter]
- Jason Bay, somebody I thought would be a solid buy-low option in LF and DH is going to sign with the Mariners. [Twitter]
- Here’s another report stating that if the Rays move a starting pitcher, they would prefer to trade James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson. [CBSSports.com]
- Marc Topkin reports that Dan Johnson would like to re-sign with the Rays, but that he may end up in Japan. [Twitter]
- Danny Knobler is reporting that the Rays are one of several teams showing interest in Braves third baseman Juan Francisco, whose bat has yet to show up in the big leagues. [Twitter]
- And here is Joe Maddon meeting with the rest of the A.L. managers.